Support the King's Theatre, Edinburgh

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Total raised £42,081

raised so far

+ est. £4048.00 Gift Aid



Help us reach the finishing line! By giving today, you are helping the King’s survive and thrive for generations to come.

We're still collecting donations

On the 1st July 2022 we'd raised £41,223 with 691 supporters in 197 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target


The 116-year-old King’s Theatre Edinburgh closed its doors at the end of August this year to prepare for an urgent redevelopment. Affectionately known as ‘the people’s theatre’ for its warm and welcoming nature and its popular programme, the venue was no longer fit for purpose either for performance companies or audiences.

We are beyond thrilled to announce that we have raised sufficient additional funding to proceed with the project which will preserve and protect the King’s and ensure it is part of our community for the next 100 years. 

Thanks to the amazing support of so many wonderful people who love the King’s, as well as significant grants and donations from the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, trusts and foundations and companies, we have raised over 95% of the costs of the project. We will continue to fundraise for the remaining shortfall of £1.7m throughout the life of the project.


Edinburgh is an internationally renowned city of culture, blessed with historic buildings in which to enjoy a wide array of art and entertainment. For us to retain and preserve this heritage, we need to invest in our buildings to make them welcoming and accessible venues for everyone.  

From its opening night in 1906, the King’s has been a city institution and an architectural gem. For generations people have flocked to and adored the King’s. Hundreds of local children perform on stage as part of the Gang Show each year; every Christmas families enjoy the magical experience of walking through the elaborately carved wooden doors to see the panto with their nearest and dearest; unmissable, world-class performances are programmed in our impressive ornate auditorium during the International Festival each year. 

Through this redevelopment, we have the opportunity to make the King's Theatre add even more sparkle to Edinburgh and an even greater asset to the city's cultural life, by opening up the building to a much-wider audience, and turning the building into a vibrant, accessible arts venue where there’s lots going on, during the day and on into the evening.  The King’s has the potential to be an even greater asset to the city’s cultural life.  

Thanks to the generous support of so many people who love the King’s, as well as grants and donations from the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, trusts and foundations and companies, we have raised over 95% of the costs of the project. 

“The King’s Theatre is a gem which deserves to be preserved. If we don’t invest in our theatres we stand to lose a vital part of Scotland’s cultural heritage and a theatre for everyone for generations to come” Brian Cox, Honorary Patron


‘Good luck and a huge well done to all involved in running the marathon for such a good cause. With such demands on people and their time it’s wonderful to see the dedication and care that so many have put into the entire project of refurbishing the beautiful Kings Theatre in Edinburgh. It’s a favourite theatre of mine and work is long overdue to keep this Palace of entertainment alive and relevant for the 21st century. We are all aware of the light and joy that theatre brings in our lives  - witnessed from the audience reactions to theatres reopening after the Pandemic.

It’s a marathon getting these projects up and running and completed so today is a great reminder of all the work that’s been going on and will be for some time.'

Elaine C Smith, King's Ambassador, speaking in support of our marathon runners


'The King’s Theatre is central to entertainment history in Edinburgh and continues to host great shows and performers from around the globe. I’m keen to see it refurbished to the highest standard so it can continue to dazzle audiences for decades to come.' 

Ian Rankin, King's Ambassador


The King’s Theatre Edinburgh opened on the 8 December 1906. Standing proudly on the corner of Leven Street and Tarvit Street, the King’s is one of Scotland’s oldest theatres and the only surviving operational Edwardian theatre by the architects Swanston and Davidson. 


Retaining and preserving the King's Theatre's rich heritage is paramount to the project.

We would like to thank all our pledgers and reward donors who have supported our campaign as well as our King's Amabassadors.

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£250 or more

Take your Seats

Sponsor one of the brand-new upper circle seats and have your name on the seat for 10 years post-reopening. We will be reconfiguring the upper circle for a better audience experience and adding a new hospitality suite to the upper floor. Availability of seats on a first come, first served basis.

£5 or more

High Five for the King's!

Every donation goes a long way. Give £5 today and we will send you a digital high five at the end of our campaign.

£10 or more

Every pound makes a difference!

A donation at this level could help towards replacing the lights in the King's with energy efficient LED bulbs with a much longer lifecycle. As a thank you we will include your name in the credits of a special ‘Thank you’ video tribute to the King’s.

£25 or more

Cut Out and Build your own Miniature King’s

Your own Miniature King’s & ice-cream for 2 – kindly supported by Ice Cream at the Interval. This model kit will help you create a beautiful miniature model of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh. Inlcudes two ice cream vouchers for our venues and UK postage. More details & images:

£40 or more

Life is better with Friends

Give £40 and receive a discounted Friends membership valid for a year (usually £42). As a Friend you get access to discounted tickets for selected shows and 20% off in our café and at the bars (not to mention the mouth-watering offers our restaurant partners have in store for our Friends).

£40 or more

King's Giclee Art Print & Ice-cream for two

Pledge £40 and bring a little bit of the King's magic onto your walls. This unframed A4 Giclee print designed by Ice Cream at The Interval captures the King's proscenium - all of which will be preserved of course. Help us keep it looking this beautiful for generations to come. Includes an ice-cream voucher for two that can be redeemed in any of our venues plus UK postage.

£60 or more

A weighty piece of King’s history

Become the proud owner of a King's Theatre counterweight - these are currently being used up in the King’s flytower (the space above the stage into which scenery can be flown). Supplied by Hall's of London, the system was put in place during the renovation works between 1953-56. They weigh around 20lbs/9kg each and make a great doorstop or paperweight. On request, you can have a King’s logo stencilled on the back. Nb: These must be collected.

£75 or more

Meet the King's Project Architects

Bring a guest and meet the architects behind the redevelopment project. This will be a small event (10 attendees max.), giving you an exclusive insight into the project. Event to be held post-closure of the King’s.

£150 or more

Panto Stars on Demand

Your personalised video message delivered by our three Panto stars. Enjoy a special thank you from Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Jordan Young or surprise a loved one with a two-minute video exclusive.

£500 or more

Name a Step

£500 – Name a Step (10x) A key part of the King’s Theatre redevelopment will be the creation of two lifts granting access to all levels of the theatre to everyone for the very first time. These lifts will be accompanied by two new staircases, and you can name one of these new steps. Find out more at

£1,000 or more

Your Claim to Dressing Room Fame

All the King’s dressing rooms need an urgent upgrade. Currently they are a bit grim and do not do the performers or the grandeur of the King’s justice. Help us upgrade them and get your name in front of the stars with a plaque on a dressing table for 10 years.

£40 or more

Hendersons - Eat Better Live Better

Secure this £40 voucher kindly gifted by King’s neighbours Hendersons and enjoy delicious vegetarian and vegan food, freshly made drinks, healthy salads and desserts. Now in its new location, the restaurant stands by the values that the original Hendersons on Hanover Street was known for, such as using locally sourced whole food and organic ingredients as much as possible. Voucher cannot be redeemed Fridays/Saturdays or used on alcohol.

£40 or more

Enjoy traditional Indian Cuisine at Guru Restauran

Tuck into delicious Punjabi fare with this £40 voucher kindly donated by Guru Restaurant. When we re-opened the doors to the King’s last summer, we were delighted to find that Guru Restaurant had relocated from their smaller premises in Dundee Street to the old Mr Boni’s ice cream shop across from the King's. A true family business, Guru have long been known for their Naan breads which are still the size of a satellite dish.

£50 or more

Dine in or out with this voucher from LeftField

Secure this reward and receive a £50 voucher kindly gifted by LeftField, a relaxed and family run neighbourhood bistro on Bruntsfield Links with an emphasis on seafood, organic wines and friendly service. The voucher can be redeemed in the bistro or on their takeaway offerings.

£50 or more

Discover and sample Edinburgh Gin

Secure this reward and receive a voucher for an Edinburgh Gin Distillery Tour & Gin Tasting for two. Enjoy a tasting of five gins and gin liqueurs from their award-winning range while being introduced to a history of gin in the UK and in Edinburgh specifically, with a talk through the distillation and production processes. Voucher to be redeemed through their website. Kindly supported by our Corporate Partner, Edinburgh Gin.

£50 or more

Sunshine on Leith poster signed by The Proclaimers

Support the King's and secure one of our Sunshine on Leith posters signed by Craig and Charlie Reid. Sunshine on Leith marks our closing show at the King's ahead of the redevelopment. A brilliant reward for fans of the Proclaimers and this feel-good musical. Includes postage to UK addresses.

£100 or more

The King’s in 3D

A one-off, exclusive! Become the proud owner of a fully assembled model of the miniature King’s (large size). Courtesy of Ice Cream at the Interval who have spent hours studying and illustrating the King's Theatre in great detail - picking up its most iconic features to transport you into this beautiful space. The assembled model will be 26cm wide x 26cm high x 21cm deep and must be collected. Also includes an ice cream voucher for two.

£150 or more

Par for the King’s (for four)

Secure this reward courtesy of our corporate partner Inverarity Morton, Scotland’s leading independent wines and spirits merchant. Enjoy a day of Golf for four at Newbattle Golf Club, Dalkeith, a mature 18 hole parkland course with tree lined fairways and strategically placed bunkers. Valid Mon-Fri.

£200 or more

Light Up the Stage for 2 people

Join our lighting technicians and watch Sunshine on Leith (our co-production and closing show at the King’s this June) from the lighting desk of the King's Theatre. See first-hand how the lighting brings a performance to life. Participants must be able to climb flights of stairs and have a good head for heights! Dates to be arranged on a first come, first serve basis (7-18 June 2022).

£250 or more

Raise a glass to the King’s with Ian Rankin!

Join local legend, author and King’s ambassador Ian Rankin for a drink and good banter at Bennets Bar, next door to the King’s. Drinks will be on Ian. Cheers! This reward is for two people, 18+, date/time to be agreed.

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